Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Calling All Chick Lit Lovers

Make Chick Lit a definite pick-me-up when you enter the library next time.  We've put up an attractive display in the lobby of fiction with that come hither pink and pearl look to it.  Books by authors such as Lisa Kleypas, Jane Green, Sophie Kinsella, and Cecilia Ahern will vie for your attention as you browse and shop for your next fun read. 

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Review: New Short Stories By Kazuo Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro, noted author of The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go, recently released a selection of short stories entitled Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall. Nocturnes are evocative and light instrumental pieces often performed in the evening. In this new publication, nocturnes do seem to reflect the true nature of Ishiguro’s stories which are evocative yet also somewhat insubstantial. They linger awhile in your mind, but do not deeply resonate. Perhaps that is the author’s intention.

For the most part, these stories are relayed in a casual manner, almost as if the narrator of each were telling us a light bedtime story or recollecting past histories over a glass of wine. Many of the stories make good use of humor and irony, particularly Nocturne and Crooner, and Come Rain or Come Shine is playfully farcical. That is not to say that they don’t have a moodiness or a message to them. The characters, all involved with music in some way, are often self-deluded and self-centered (maybe the two go together) but Ishiguro never asks the reader to dwell too deeply on their travails. These are, afterall, literary nocturnes.

Review by Evelyn Fischel

Monday, October 19, 2009

Bite Into These Vampire Stories

If you’re hunting for some reading thrills and chills, why not bite into the great selection of vampire fiction currently on display at Bernardsville Library? Let your imagination experience the flutter of batwings on your shoulder or the caress of a vampire lover who (perhaps) may not be all that bad. Try authors known for their vampire series such as Charlaine Harris, Laurell K. Hamilton or Anne Rice. And, of course, you shouldn’t overlook the original vampire story, Dracula, by Bram Stoker, now available in a new annotated edition.

Monday, October 12, 2009

There's Something Rotten In The Compost Heap And That's A Good Thing!

Bernardsville Library will be holding a program on the care of your fall garden this Wednesday, October 14th, at 7 p.m. entitled "Autumn Adventures in Your Vegetable Garden."  Learn how to clean up your beds, winter over your plants, and start a sustainable compost pile to enrich your soil for the spring planting season. Wanda Knapik of MyLocalGarden will lead this informative evening lecture. You will also find a number of books in the library to help you with the finer points of composting, such as the titles shown above.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Waiting For Something?

While you wait for your library copy of Dan Brown's newest book, The Lost Symbol, cool your heels at our library display featuring Dan Brown read-alikes.  There you will find an enticing selection of similarly-themed books guaranteed to captivate your imagination.  You will be intrigued.